Washington State’s Long Beach Peninsula is a long, thin strip of coastal beach located just north of the Washington-Oregon Border. It is a popular tourist and vacation destination, offering up historical sites, excellent cuisine, and family-friendly beach life. Dog lovers can bring their dogs with them to enjoy the beach, and if they are well-behaved, there are plenty of opportunities to go off leash!
The entire peninsula is filled with hiking trails and sandy beaches. Most of the highway leading north through the peninsula is a hard-pack beach, meaning that you can drive right on to the beach! There are many different restaurants and seafood joints where you can consume food pulled right out of either the ocean or the adjacent Willapa Bay. With plenty of local facilities and access to water, you won’t have to worry about yourself or your dog, unless you venture into a secluded beach. You might also have to do some extra preparation if you want to take on the 8.5-mile discovery trail, originally pioneered by Lewis and Clark.
Dogs are required by county law to be on 8-foot leashes at all times, but the local authorities freely admit that these laws are generally not enforced while you and your dog are enjoying quality time on a beach. Your dog must be well-behaved and must not give any trouble if you are going to allow him off-leash. As with any beach or park, proper etiquette requires that you clean up after your dog at all times. You will have to bring your own poop bags to accomplish this. Beyond that, keeping to common courtesy rules will make sure that you and your dogs go about your visit to the peninsula without any trouble or adverse experiences.
Many people who visit Long Beach Peninsula stay for a few days in order to settle in and enjoy the pace of Oceanside living. If you have been searching for a quiet yet populated getaway, bring your family and dog to the peninsula and stay for a while.